Mondays usually get a bad rep, but we believe Mondays can be the day where real good things happen. That’s why we’re introducing a brand new section on Chapter Friday to inspire you throughout your Mondays. It’s called Career Girl Monday and we’ll be featuring inspiring women every two weeks who share their very best advice, in short, practical tips, tricks & lessons. Every career girl passes the torch to another. By doing so, we aim to create an endless range of stories of inspiring women across the world.
Therefore, we kick off with Emilie Sobels (29). You probably know this girl boss extraordinaire as the founder of Hashtag Workmode, a creative co-working space for online influencers and digital creatives (we’ve featured her workspace back in good ol’ 2015. Check it here). Recently, she co-wrote the book ‘Babe, you got this‘, which is packed with pieces of advice of twenty inspiring, successful female entrepreneurs. How did Emilie achieve their goals? And what does success mean to her?
Enjoy the extra boost of inspiration & motivation you need to skyrocket your Monday (or any other day).
1. Babe, You Got This is a book full of pieces of advice of admirable women. Which particular advice and from who is one you would never forget and why?
Emilie: “There are so many eye openers and life lessons in Babe, you got this that stand out, but one that is very dear to me is a quotation from the ultimate girl boss, Neelie Kroes. She says: ‘If I am not convinced of my capabilities, then how can I expect someone else to be?’. It’s important to believe in yourself every step of the way, even when you have a moment of insecurity.”
2. What does success mean to you?
Emilie: “Cliche but true, doing what you love and loving what you’re doing. For me, that means working with a team of ambitious women and being all-in, every day. That doesn’t mean I work every day, but being successful will allow me to really relax when I want without feeling guilty, simply because I know I can also work hard when I want.”
3. Which of your traits are you most proud of?
Emilie: “I love people, all kinds of people. I try to be easy to talk to and to be approachable by immersing myself in someone’s world. This way I try to understand someone’s behavior and that makes it easier to connect with people that are different from myself.”
4. What is a lesson you’ve learned the hard way?
Emilie: “I’ve learned that people will always have an opinion about you, it’s impossible to please everyone and to have everyone like you. I guess I’ve decided to care less about opinions of other people. Or, at least, I am trying to do so.”
5. What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
Emilie: “Don’t worry about those mean girls, boys that are not looking or why you always feel like the odd one out. You’ll find your place one day.”
6. What quotation or saying inspires and motivates you to be yourself and what you love?
Emilie: “One of the women in the book, Eve Tomaszewski, mentions that it helps comparing yourself with Obama when you tend to dramatize certain shit things that happen. She simply says: ‘Relax. You’re not Obama.’ Whenever I am super stressed about deadlines, too many to-dos or other negative things, I think about this and I either laugh or relax, both great solutions.”
Next up: Emilie hands over the baton to Adine and Danique from the platform Nimbles. Stay tuned for their best business advice.
Portrait of Emilie Sobels by the talented Kee & Kee